Lighting up lives of homeless
PERTH’S homeless population will get a helping hand from Curtin interior architecture students.
The students have partnered with Victoria Park’s Uniting Care West to create the exhibition Luminocity at the State Theatre, which raises awareness of Perth’s growing homeless population.
Curtin School of Built Environment associate lecturer Ana Calic said the third-year students worked with UnitingCare West to create lighting prototypes combining functional and aesthetic qualities to provide the gift of light.
“The project initiates dialogue about social issues through design, raising awareness,” she said.
“Our aim was to provide innovative and conceptual lighting solutions and possibilities for people living homeless in the Perth CBD who are receiving UnitingCare West support. We thought about ways design could positively affect people who are living homeless. At the same time, we wanted to create a new awareness for homelessness through the conceptual design of a solar powered light.
“This opened the doors to approaching social and physical issues through design.”